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Joseph G. Brin

Joseph G. Brin is an architect, fine artist and teacher based in Philadelphia. He writes on architecture, design and culture for Metropolis Magazine. His website on architecture can be seen HERE, his writing HERE, and his graphics HERE.

Signs From The Gilded Age

Signs From The Gilded Age

June 12, 2014  |  Makin' It, Walk the Walk

Though prefabricated signs have become the norm, those of the hand-painted variety have made a bit of a comeback. But don't call it a comeback for Baker the Sign Man. Joe Brin goes behind the scenes at Baker, where they've been painting signs with a touch of gold by hand since 1870 > more

Transformation Fit For A Queen (Village)

Transformation Fit For A Queen (Village)

April 21, 2014  |  Walk the Walk

Sixteen years after the opening of Beau Monde, at Sixth and Bainbridge, the corner's evolution is near complete. Joe Brin has the story > more

The Guy With The Wood People On His Porch

The Guy With The Wood People On His Porch

December 4, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

Tis the season—for ice sculpture. Joe Brin's travels and art appreciation converge in Powelton Village to find Roger Wing, sculptor of wood, stone, and ice, at home and in his element > more

Taste Life In The Moment

Taste Life In The Moment

November 1, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

How long and hard have you given thought to olive oil? Joe Brin asked himself that when he stumbled on and stumbled into Cardenas Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom, the new specialty shop in the Italian Market > more

Borders And Boundaries, Invisible To Most

Borders And Boundaries, Invisible To Most

October 23, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

In network of eruvs, Jews delineate Sabbath borders and meditate on place and community. Joseph G. Brin uncovers what's hidden to most of us > more